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Phillip A. Sharp

Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 1993

Institute Professor, 1999 - present

 

Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 1993

Institute Professor, 1999 - present

 

 

Phillip A. Sharp
Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 1993
Institute Professor, 1999-present
Affiliated Faculty of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology

Philip Sharp is one of 13 current Institute Professors at MIT, widely recognized for his work in biology and physiology. After completing his postdoctoral work at the California Institute of Technology, he moved to the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, where he was mentored by James Watson. Professor Sharp was among the first faculty at the Center for Cancer Research at MIT (CCR), which he was invited to join in 1974. He later directed the CCR and served as the head of the MIT Department of Biology. More recently, Professor Sharp was named the founding director of The McGovern Institute for Brain Research, and he received the 1993 Nobel prize in physiology or medicine for the 1977 discovery of split genes.

Highlights of this interview include:

  • Drawn to MIT by the opportunity to research cancer-causing viruses with mentor David Baltimore.
  • Decision to continue career in science rather than accept nomination as president of MIT.
  • Discovery of split genes, which won him the Nobel prize in 1993.
  • Founding several companies involved in gene therapy and vaccines.

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